Curtain Tiebacks 101

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Ready to add the perfect finishing touch to your window treatments? Curtain tiebacks and holdbacks can effortlessly transform your windows and showcase the view outside. 

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide covering all your pressing questions about curtain tiebacks and holdbacks:

What Are Curtain Tiebacks? 

Curtain tiebacks are accessories that gather and hold curtains open.

Since curtains can be both functional and decorative, how you use your curtains might dictate whether or not you choose to use curtain tiebacks.

Whether you’re making a decorative statement with your curtains or using them to control light and privacy (or both!), there are many options to consider.

First, let’s break down the difference between curtain tiebacks vs. curtain holdbacks.  

Tiebacks vs. Holdbacks: What’s the Difference?

Tiebacks and holdbacks perform the same function: they keep your curtains open. 

Curtain tiebacks are available in flexible materials like fabric, rope or cord. Tiebacks wrap around a curtain, sometimes attaching to a hook on the wall. They can also gather a curtain in the middle of a window and hang freely.

Curtain holdbacks use rigid materials like metal, iron or wood. A holdback is hardware that attaches to a wall so you can pull the curtain behind it. 

If your curtains are decorative and usually remain open, tiebacks might be a better option. But if your curtains are functional and you plan to open and close them often, you may want to try holdbacks since they require no effort to tie and untie.

What Height Should Curtain Tiebacks Be? 

Where do you place your curtain tiebacks? Here are a couple of steps to follow when adding tiebacks to your curtains:

  1. Measure your curtains. Measure the length of your curtains and divide by three. Curtains can vary in length, but standard lengths are 84, 95, 108 or 120 inches. Standard lengths for café curtains (commonly used in kitchens) are 24 or 36 inches.
  2. Set the height of your tieback. Hang each tieback a third of the way up from the bottom of the curtain. For example, if your curtain is 84 inches long, you would place the tieback about 28 inches from the bottom. A tieback for a 36-inch long cafe curtain would be placed 12 inches from the bottom.

Note: If you have taller windows, you may need to lower your tiebacks to make them more accessible and adjustable. 

While these are standard measurements for curtain tiebacks, remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you don’t like the way your tieback looks, feel free to make it higher or lower! 

How to Tie a Curtain Tieback

Learn how to tie a curtain tieback in three easy steps!

  1. Close your curtains completely. If your curtains are decorative and do not cover the entire width of your window, make sure the curtains look “full” enough, so there are no gaps. If your curtains are functional, they should be wider than the width of your window to provide a nice drape without looking stretched.
  2. Attach your tieback. Using the measuring guidelines above, attach your curtain tie back (and your tieback hooks, if you’re using them) to the wall. Buffer 3 inches from the edge of the window. 
  3. Wrap the tieback around each curtain. Pull it back to secure it (on the hook, if you have one), making sure the curtain covers it. Adjust the draping above the tieback to achieve a straight or more billowy look.

Popular Curtain Tieback Styles 

Curtain tiebacks are available in a variety of styles to match your home’s decor. Here are a few popular style ideas: 

1. Rope Tieback

This rope tieback is rustic and perfect for coastal, farmhouse, shabby chic or casual decor. The color, thickness and rope texture allows for multiple style options.                         

2. Fabric Tieback

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This matching fabric tieback uses a stylized hardware post to secure it to the wall. The tieback features a beaded trim that adds a more traditional, formal touch to this room’s decor.

3. Floral Tieback

Using tiebacks with floral accents adds a feminine or French country touch to any room. Try using a single flower or strand of flowers to switch up the look. 

4. Cord Tieback with Crystals

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We love this cord tieback with crystals that you can dress up or down! Consider using crystal tiebacks with traditional, transitional or Bohemian decor.

5. Cord Tieback with Tassels

Cord tiebacks with tassels are a stylish traditional look. While often used with heavy drapes, tassels can be made in many styles, sizes or colors to complement rooms with different decor.

6. Ribbon Tieback        

Looking for a simple and fun DIY project? Ribbon tiebacks are easy to create. Choose colorful ribbons that match the color scheme and style of your room. This look is ideal for a kid’s room or guest room.

DIY Curtain Tiebacks

Having a hard time finding the right tiebacks for your decor? Creating DIY curtain tiebacks is easier than you think. 

Try using feathers, old necklaces, scarves or chains, for example, to create awesome tiebacks that reflect your decor and your personality.

Check out 5 quick and easy DIY curtain tieback ideas here. 

Complete Your Window Treatments with Kwik-Hang

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to hanging your curtains and styling them. But the process doesn’t have to be so challenging.

Kwik-Hang curtain rod brackets and holdbacks are the easiest way to hang your curtains in seconds. No need to use screws, nails or drills!

Just position the hardware to your window trim, tap into place with a hammer and that’s it — it doesn’t damage walls or require precise measurements.

With Kwik-Hang, you can hang your curtains perfectly and correctly the first time around.

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